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Rev. Allyson Robinson

Like many people, Allyson didn't know what kind of job prospects she would face when she graduated from seminary.  She had already been through West Point, served in the U.S. Army, and had several years of pastoral experience, before completing her M.Div. from Baylor University, the largest Baptist university in the world.

She was highly qualified, but she had also recently decided to live her life as a transgender woman.  She faced limited prospects for serving the church directly.

"That was when I met Allyson. She was looking for work and wondering how she would support her family." says Chris Paige, executive director of Transfaith. "I know a lot of transgender clergy like that.  Highly qualified people who would love to serve, who struggle to find a church that will embrace their gifts for ministry."

Like many transgender clergy, Allyson's journey has taken her away from traditional parish ministry. After working in national politics for several years at the Human Rights Campaign, Allyson was selected to serve as the first executive director of OutServe-Servicemembers Legal Defense Network.  This also made her the first openly transgender person to lead a national LGBT organization.

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Executive Director
OutServe-Servicemembers Legal Defense Network
(2012)